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Bird Friendly LogoBe a Better Birder Tutorials
Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eCornell

Part 1: Size and Shape
Part 2: Color and Pattern

These new online tutorials are designed to help beginning birders learn how to identify birds on their own time, at their own pace. They feature interactive exercises and engaging media. In Part 1, you’ll learn which parts of a bird will be most useful in making an ID and the basic groupings used to organize the many species of birds. In Part 2, learn how to locate bits of color on a bird for identification, instead of trying to memorize every color and pattern. Other topics in this section include the challenges posed by juvenile birds and molting birds, and how you can even be fooled by the lighting. $29 each; access provided for 6 months following registration. Purchase and register

BirdSongsBible_OpenOnline Bird Behavior Course
Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eCornell

In five weeks it’s possible to learn enough about bird behavior to forever change the way you look at these complex and beautiful creatures. Gain new insight and enjoyment through our online interactive course, “Courtship and Rivalry in Birds.” The goal of the course is to help you learn how to observe and interpret bird behavior and communication. A basic principle of bird behavior as it relates to survival and reproduction is explored each week using multimedia and interactive activities, guided by an instructor. The course is offered multiple times during the year. $295 ($255 for Cornell Lab members). Online Bird Behavior Course

Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: Master Set for North America
This comprehensive guide features nearly 5,000 soundtracks for 735 North American bird species. Download includes MP3 sound files and photographs ($49.99), or get files pre-loaded on a flash drive. ($64.99)

Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: Essential Set for North America
This set includes the most common sounds for 737 species in downloadable MP3 files ($12.99) or on a pre-loaded flash drive. ($24.99) Sound Sets

Cornell Lab Beginner Bird-watching Kit

This kit, available from Optics Planet, includes introductory binoculars recommended by Lab staff, six months free access to a Lab online bird ID course, and other great accessories. ($199) Get the kit

The Warbler Guide Song and Call Companion

This set of sound contains all the vocalizations described in The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle. More than 1,000 files are presented in the same order as they occur in the text. ($5.99)  Downloadable guide


Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds
By Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes
National Geographic Books & Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Marvel at the stunning images and groundbreaking research that reveal, for the first time, all 39 species of the spectacular birds-of-paradise. Male birds have developed intricate dances, outrageous plumes, and decorative ornaments to woo as many mates as possible. It took 18 expeditions and 8 years for Cornell Lab of Ornithology biologist Ed Scholes and photojournalist Tim Laman to document all the species. Retail: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods         

BirdLog app
Bird-in-the-Hand LLC

The BirdLog data entry app for both iPhone and Android smartphones allows users to record bird observations as they make them and submit their data directly to the eBird online checklist program. BirdLog is available via the iTunes app store or at the Google Play app store for Android devices. A portion of the proceeds goes to fund research and conservation work at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Cornell Lab Membership

When you become a member of the Cornell Lab you give back to the birds by supporting our mission of research, education, conservation, and citizen science. Benefits of membership include our award-winning Living Bird magazine and discounts on projects and courses, plus the latest birding news and discoveries in our monthly eNewsletter. Whether it’s a membership for yourself, your family, or a gift for a loved one, this is a meaningful way to support conservation and enhance the understanding and enjoyment of birds. Basic memberships begin at $39 per year. Lab Membership 

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Cornell Lab Bird Q&A: Your Birding Questions Answered App

This new app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology makes learning more about birds fun. Find the answers to questions you have about birds and learn more about bird identification. This app is based on real questions asked of the experts at the Cornell Lab. Compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPod Touch (3rd & 4th generation), and iPad. Search "Cornell Lab" in iTunes store to download.

Audubon LogoThe Birds of North America Online

This is the most comprehensive reference available for all of North America’s 716 species of breeding birds, updated with the most current scientific information and brought to life with photos, sounds, and video. Image and video galleries show plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and more. This is a gift of knowledge for anyone who loves to learn more about birds. A 30-day subscription is just $5; $42 for a full year.  Birds of North America Online


Audubon holiday cardsThe Bird Watching Answer Book
by Laura Erickson
Storey Publishing 

Drawing from the tens of thousands of inquiries that pour into the Cornell Lab each year, author and bird expert Laura Erickson has compiled answers to more than 200 common and not-so-common bird questions. This handy pocket-sized book reads like a conversation with your friendly neighborhood "bird lady" and contains down-to-earth answers to questions about watching and feeding birds, bird behavior, and bird biology. Readers will find plenty of quirky stories and interesting facts tucked into every corner. Retail: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods

Sapsuckers_08BirdsEye & BirdsEye Lite bird-finding apps
Bird-in-the-Hand LLC

It’s like having thousands of local birding experts at your command. The BirdsEye app for iPhone® and iPod touch® harnesses the power of current data from the Cornell Lab’s eBird program to help users find the birds they want to see—showing where specific species have been reported and providing a map to get there. The app includes images and audio for the 470 most frequently observed birds in North America. Additional content is available for more elusive birds—for a total of 847 species. (BirdsEye Lite features 135 species.) Bird sounds come from the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library archive, images from the VIREO collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Acclaimed birder and author Kenn Kaufman wrote each species account describing habitat where each species is likely to be found. BirdsEye App

Birds & Beans organic & shade-grown coffee
Birds & Beans, LLC

The traditional method of growing coffee—beneath the canopy of a forest, rather than chopping down the trees for sun-grown coffees—provides vital habitat for birds. The Cornell Lab is pleased to partner with Birds & Beans®, a Massachusetts-based retailer that specializes in shade-grown coffee products certified “Bird Friendly®” by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. This certification means that Birds & Beans coffee is 100%-organic and shade-grown. When you buy Birds & Beans Bird Friendly coffee you help preserve bird habitat. A portion of all online sales also helps support our bird research, education, and conservation programs. Birds & Beans organic & shade-grown coffee

Bird ArtSinging Plush Birds
Wild Republic

The plush birds in this popular series make great collectibles for children and adults with new species introduced each year. Each bird contains authentic sounds from the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library and is created with colorful anatomical details. From the haunting wail of the Common Loon to the familiar call of the Black-capped Chickadee, these fuzzy friends make a bird in the hand informative and fun. Available from: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods

An interactive online course in Bird Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry from the Lab of Ornithology is newly available
Birds of North America Online, ultimate source for bird info, join for $5/month
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